Things to do in Rome this month – October 2022

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What’s on in Rome this month?

October is one of the best months to visit Rome. Temperature starts to drop, but a blue sky day can still give you that summer warmth on the hottest hours of the day.

That is why in October we have what we call the “Ottobrate Romane”, which are day trips, or picnics in the Roman countryside (or in the Rome city parks) where the Romans take advantage of the beautiful warm days that October brings.

This October 2022 is full of things to do and see in Rome, including glamorous red carpets, comic festivals and scenographic runs!

Without wasting a lot of time, let’s dive into these super exciting new things to explore in the city! This is our selection of interesting things to do in Rome this October.

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Things to do in Rome in October 2022

Romics – International festival of comics, animations, cinema and gaming

things to do in rome in october romics festival logo
Photo: Romics facebook page

This is a great exhibition that takes place every year since 2001, dedicated to comics, animation, cinema and gaming.

If you are into one of those things, or if you just love being surrounded by high levels of creativity, this is an event you can’t miss! 

It’s four days of shows, exhibits, conferences, previews and Cosplays contests (“cosplay” stands for “costume play”).

The 29th edition of Romics will take place from October 6th to October 9th 2022


Van Gogh exhibition in Palazzo Bonaparte

van gogh exhibition in Palazzo Bonaparte among the things to do in Rome in October 2022

From October 8th 2022 until March 23rd 2023, Palazzo Bonaparte will host an exhibition dedicated to Van Gogh and his works.

The exhibition will include 60 Van Gogh artworks, including Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, as well as documentation of Van Gogh biography.  

The exhibition will take place in Palazzo Bonaparte, which used to be the residence of Napoleon’s mother in Rome.


Festival del Cinema di Roma

red carpet in Rome film fest. One of the things to do in Rome in October 2022
(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

The 17th Rom Film Fest edition will take place from October 13th to October 23rd 2022. Red carpets, contests and projections, this is such a glam event that takes place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Tickets become available closer to the start date, and they sell out fast, so keep an eye on their website:

The Rose Garden of Rome

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The Rose Garden of Rome reopens its gates for the fall blooming on October 8th until October 23rd. During these two weeks you’ll be able to admire and smell the beautiful roses in their fall blooming. The rose collection includes some of the most rare and ancient species of botanical roses. All of this with the spectacular background of the Palatine hill ruins! Open daily from 8:30AM to 5:30PM.

What to do after you visited the Rose Garden? Head down to the Capitoline hill for amazing views by Michelangelo and Ancient Rome! Don’t know where to start? Check out our Video Guide (try the first 10 mins for free!)

Roma Urbs Mundi

Roma Urbs Mundi logo, one of the things to do in Rome in October 2022

This is a run which takes place in the center of Rome. It starts from via dell’Ara Massima, the continues to Piazza Venezia, then touches via del Corso, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, Colosseum, via dei Fori Imperiali, and ends in the Circo Massimo. The best of Rome in a 15km run!


La luna sul Colosseo 2022: il Colosseo underground

colosseum underground by night things to do in rome in october 2022

Throughout the summer and until December it will be possible to explore the Colosseum (including the underground!) by night.

If visiting the Colosseum is already something special, walking in this majestic monument at night goes beyond magical!

Even considering that there will be way less visitors than during the day. To make the tour even more spooky and adventurous, this night tour of the Colosseum will also take you through the underground tunnels. They were not visible to the spectators in ancient Rome, but it is where the backstage of the sophisticated shows was taking place.

We suggest this night guided tour which includes also a stunning panoramic walk before you enter the Colosseum:

VIP Colosseum At Night Tour With Underground & Arena Floor

Don’t know what to do before the Colosseum night tour? Watch the Monti district itinerary in our Video Guide and sprinkle your Rome trip with some hidden gems 😉

Domus Aurea Experience

domus aurea reconstruction. this is one of the best things to do in rome in october 2022

This is a real mind blowing experience everyone should take when in Rome. If you want to learn what walking in an imperial palace is like, this experience is for you.

Once you enter the Domus Aurea of the emperor Nero, you’ll set on a journey back in time. You’ll walk through the underground archaeological site and watch videos of reconstructions of this marvelous place.

Eventually you will sit in one of the rooms and wear VR glasses. This is where you’ll literally jump into Nero’s shoes. You’ll see the views from his palace over the Palatine hill, and the details of his colonnades and gardens. It is emotional if you are into Ancient Rome.

Tickets must be booked at this link. There is no ticket office in the Domus Aurea, so there is no way you can get a ticket on-site. Book in advance online.

Domitian emperor. Hatred and love. (exhibition)

emperor domitian portrait in marble. Domitian exhibition is one of the things to do in Rome in october 2022

This exhibition takes place in Villa Caffarelli in the Capitoline museums and it consists of an archaeological exhibit all around the emperor Domitian.

It is called “hatred and love” because the character of the emperor Domitian has always been quite controversial. Sometimes he is described as tyramn, other times as a leader who cared about a good administration, his relationship with his people and to the gods.

The exhibition includes pieces which are not normally visible in the museum.

The Domitian exhibition can be perfectly combined with the “Wonders of the Capitoline hill” itinerary included in our Video Guide. Try it for free now, watch the first 10 mins to see what it look like 😉

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Written by Federica

Creative director of Live Virtual Guide. Her favorite things are gelato, pizza and the hidden gems of Rome.
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